Getting ahead for the Stanley Family Ride.

With less than a month to go things are taking shape for the Stanley Family Ride on 1st May 2016.

The event, the first time in Stanley will see cyclists old and young getting on their bikes to use part of the refurbished Sustrans route that skirts the north of the town.

Council Chairman Joan Nicholson is looking forward to the day and hopes the people of the parish will get behind the project. “This ride is very much geared to the people in the Town and surrounding area.  The Council is putting on small events across the year that are looking to bring back even more of the community feel. This is just part of what we are doing for the Town and we hope people of all ages will get behind this and other events throughout the year.”

Starting from the town’s Oakey Park, the routes of 6 and 20 miles will see ‘there and back’ rides to Beamish and Cox Green. Whichever route you take some delightful sights await.

At first there are some great views from the iron bridges that take the route to the Iron Cows just underneath the road that brings us to the turn point of the six-mile route – best for beginners and children.

A marshalled crossing to the rest area where the youngsters will get some valuable tips on cycling from our qualified and experienced cycle marshals before a rest and off back on the steady incline back to the park where the T-shirt and goodie bag awaits.

Gina Clarke, Network Manager from Sustrans welcomes the idea of even more people using the pathways: “These scenic traffic free paths provide a safe, enjoyable route for cyclists and our team work hard to maintain this section of the National Cycle Network from Consett to Washington. We are looking forward to the event bringing new people to the C2C, giving the next generation of cyclists the opportunity to experience the route for themselves.”

The event, on Sunday 1st May, will be an opportunity to see some of the best of the countryside around the Stanley area and will also publicise the planned opening of a new link route from the C2C route into Stanley town centre.


Event: Stanley family Cycle                       Date: Sunday May 1

Start: Long ride 9.30am – Short 9.45 approx.

Costs: £15 adults £7 under 14 – groups discounts are available for 10 plus riders.

For more information, please see the facebook page: Stanley Family Cycle


Picture: Cllr Ron Harrison & Community Development Officer Brian Hall promoting the Stanley Family Ride at last week’s South Moor Play in the park day

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